We still face heart disease health challenges despite fewer deaths

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The statistics show that 67 deaths among every 100,000 under-75s are now down to heart and circulatory diseasea 41 per cent drop on 1999/01. Life expectancy has increased to 78.4 years for men and 82.4 years for women.

Professor Jeremy Pearson, our Associate Medical Director, said: “These numbers make fantastic reading and prove that breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of heart and circulatory disease have made a real difference over the decades.


It’s completely unacceptable that your postcode should have a bearing on your health

“What the figures hide is the fact that because more people are surviving their heart attacks, there are more than 750,000 people living with the debilitating effects of heart failure. It’s a growing problem which is why we’re funding a regenerative medicine research programme that could one day help mend these broken hearts.

“The statistics also tell us that your chances of getting heart disease still depend a lot on where you live – it’s completely unacceptable that your postcode should have a bearing on your health. Any new health policies or services should take inequalities into account to make sure they are reaching everyone who needs them.”

The latest figures were published by the Department of Health.

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